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What is anterior compartment syndrome?

Running might appear like a uncomplicated exercise to take up to increase fitness. However, it's not necessarily quite as simple as it may seem with some research showing that up to 70% of runners have an overuse injury each year. Depending upon how serious that injury is and how it is maintained, many runners just give up and never continue to run. The reasons behind running injury are multifactorial but they are related to problems such as carrying out too much running too early before allowing your body to adapt to the increased degrees of activity. Poor running shoes with characteristics that do not match up those of the runners needs can be an issue. Troubles with foot biomechanics and also the running technique can also be problems at raising the probability for an overuse injury.

A good example of a running injury is anterior compartment syndrome. There is fibrous fascia surrounding muscles which support the muscles in place. In the event that fascia is tight, when we exercise the muscle would like to expand however that restricted fascia stops it. That pressure inside the fascia compartment is usually painful. In anterior compartment syndrome, this involves the muscles that are on front of the leg. The most common reason behind this condition is what is known as overstriding. In this the runner is hitting the ground with their leading leg too far in ahead of the body. To lower the foot to the ground, the anterior leg muscles have to work harder. As they keep working harder, the muscles expand and if the fascia doesn't allow it, then this may become painful. It will only be painful when running and will not be painful when not running. The easiest method to deal with this problem to use techniques for the runner to shorten their stride length in order that the lead foot does not make contact with the ground too far in front of the body when running.